Position: Clinical Teaching Fellow, Death Penalty Clinic
Location: Berkeley, CA
Salary: $64,404 to $70,812 depending on experience
Start Date: July1, 2012
The Berkeley Law Death Penalty Clinic:
The Berkeley Law Death Penalty Clinic is one of the few clinics nationwide engaged in the defense of indigent clients facing the death penalty. Under the direct supervision of clinical faculty, clinic students learn first-hand the responsibility and skills required to defend individuals in capital cases. Students gather life history documents, conduct fact investigation, interview witnesses, and collaborate with experienced capital investigators and a variety of forensic experts. They research and draft legal pleadings, and assist in hearings and trials in courts ranging from state trial courts to the United States Supreme Court and in jurisdictions as diverse as Alabama, California, Georgia, Texas, and Virginia.
Students are enrolled in the Death Penalty Clinic for the entire academic year. They also take a required companion seminar taught by the Clinic faculty. More information on the Death Penalty Clinic can be found here: www.deathpenaltyclinic.org<http://www.deathepenaltyclinic.org>.
Job Description for Clinical Teaching Fellow:
The Death Penalty Clinic offers a two-year post-graduate fellowship for a criminal defense attorney interested in clinical teaching. The purpose of the fellowship is to provide assistance to capital defendants in the South, as well as an opportunity for the Fellow to gain experience teaching and supervising law students in a clinical setting. The majority of the Fellow’s docket will be capital cases in which the Clinic partners with lawyers in the South and non-profits, such as the Southern Center for Human Rights, the Georgia Capital Defender Office, and the Texas Defender Service, among others. If time and case load permit, the Fellow can also engage in his or her own academic research and writing.
The fellowship will begin on July 1, 2012 and continue through June 30, 2014.
The Fellow will work under the supervision of Clinic faculty in the following ways:
1. Supervise four to six clinic students per semester;
2. Assist in litigating capital cases, mostly in the South, at trial, on appeal and/or in post-conviction (state and federal);
3. Assist in planning and teaching the clinic companion seminar and/or case rounds;
4. Engage in academic writing, if time and case load permit;
5. Travel to the South, often with students, to visit clients, conduct investigation, attend court proceedings and meet with co-counsel; and
6. Assist in organizing programmatic events, such as conferences, workshops and speaker series.
1. J.D. degree and admitted to practice law in at least one state (California Bar not required);
2. At least three years of criminal defense experience, preferably capital defense experience and/or trial experience;
3. Excellent legal research and writing skills;
4. Ability to work well under pressure, both independently and as part of a team;
5. Ability to travel frequently (multiple times a year);
5. Experience litigating in the South preferred;
6. Experience investigating cases at the trial or post-conviction level preferred; and
7. Substantive knowledge in the areas of capital punishment, evidence, and criminal procedure.
Salary and Benefits:
The salary range is $64,404 to 70,812, depending on experience. The University offers excellent health and retirement benefits which can be viewed online at http://atyourservice.ucop.edu/.
E‐mail a cover letter, resume, legal advocacy writing sample (such as a brief, motion or equivalent) and a list of three (3) references to the address below:
Sheri Showalter (firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>)
Director, Human Resources
Room 315 Boalt Hall
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
Berkeley, CA 94720‐7200
Applications must be received no later than May 2, 2012. We are seeking candidates whose research, teaching, or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education.
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